Guillermo del Toro is sharing his nightmare…
The first teaser trailer has been released for Nightmare Alley, directed and co-written by the 56-year-old Mexican Oscar-winning filmmaker.
del Toro’s latest project is a star-packed remake of the 1947 film noir classic, which is based on the 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham.
“I am prepared to offer you folks one last chance to witness this supreme oddity…. Is it a beast — or is it a man?”
So says Willem Dafoe’s carnival barker in the trailer, which also stars Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who take over the roles originally played by Tyrone Power and Helen Walker.
Cooper plays Stan Carlisle, an ambitious young carny who has a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words. He hooks up with a psychiatrist (Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is.
The big-name supporting cast includes Academy Award nominees Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara and David Straithairn, along with two-time Emmy nominee Ron Perlman.
The film co-written by Kim Morgan marks Del Toro’s first time behind the camera since 2018’s The Shape of Water, for which he won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.
He also produced Nightmare Alley along with his Shape of Water collaborator J. Miles Dale.
The film will open in theaters on December 17 via Searchlight.